Yes this is possible! As from this week for those who read the emails from the club will have seen a Badminton style ladder of Match Racing has been set up. This has been organised by Gary. The idea has come from the Virtual Racing that has been taking place over the last few months. All the results from that have been posted on the Results page of the website.
To get an idea of what is going on. Each sailor will race one other sailor for 10 mins and will be based on skill and handicap. (Meeting one other person from another household at a time). All handicaps etc are on the documents attached. If you need futher assistance please contact one of the committee and we will pass onto Gary.
The initial leagues are as:-
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|Ian Stone||Leo Wilkinson||Stuart Mcadam||Rob Blois||James Gladwyn||Tom Knight||Sasha||Dave Hirst|
|Gary Bullock||Jon Hirsch||Adam Meekings||John Woffinden||Brian Jones||Mike Hamilton||Ben Osbourne||Joe Tubb|
|Group E||Group F||Group G||Group H|
|Sam Walton||Martin Hayward||Simon Hall||Gavin Pidduk||Charles Gilham||Paul Fletcher||Sarah Mayhew||Emily Lewin|
|Dave Killey||Andrew Brown||Julie Maidment||Johnny Redfurn||John Sweeney||Jose Carero||Jenni Craig||John Derek|
With HMG relaxing a little on lockdown from the 13th May, it was good to see members socially distancing themselves on the water. The weekend of the 16th and 17th May saw a steady flow of members taking to the water. Both sailors and paddle-boarders were on the water and all kept clear of each other. Most were in single handers the only 2 man boats were those of same household groups, and it was great to see them as well.
On the Sunday, whilst many of the boats were covering the whole of the lake there was a period of time when the lasers were following each other round some of the marks, at the top end of the lake.
Just a quick reminder for those unaware. There are no formal events going ahead at the club and that includes racing.
- Social distancing to be followed at all times – guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home/staying-safe-outside-your-home
- Leisure / recreational sailing and paddle-boarding permitted. Double handed sailing only permitted with same-household members
- New members applications welcome (experienced sailors / paddleboarders)
- Maintenance activities permitted
- No use of safety boats unless in emergency
- Under 16’s to be accompanied by adult household member
- Only use of club toilets permitted. No access to other areas except in emergencies
- Change at home
- Bar and kitchen closed
Come and enjoy the club and the atmosphere and something that will take away the strains and pressures of this very stressful time.
As we are not yet allowed to do the physical sailing, like some others in the club the Y&J's are also Virtually sailing. Last week was the first time and even if you are not an experienced helm try your hand at this. Many use computer games etc to pass the time of day. Try your luck against other members of the club.
Wednesday evenings at 6pm till approximately 7:00pm
Maidenhead due to its excellent active membership and committee has been organising Virtual racing on Thursdays and Sundays with the ultimate goal of representing Maidenhead at the regional RYA championships.
We have run a 21 race series and the top 20 will Compete on Saturday night 8.00 pm in a 5 race series (3 to count) shoot out to find out who will represent the club.
Runners and riders. Top 10
Sam Walton (topper 009) 4 race wins. Winner of race series and very consistent throughout, has the ability to fight back from difficult positions, youth on his side and nimble fingers hopefully the pressure will not get to him. Odds 9/4
Adam Meekings (Adam 14) 5 race wins. Competitive and focussed with a good solid race series behind him, as at Maidenhead when sailing his Laser can switch off at times which can cost him, don’t rule him out though . Odds 7/2
Ian Stone (Stonesy) Quiet and polite but deadly on the race course, Ian due to work commitments could only race on Sundays but won 6 of his 9 races that he competed in. The big money is on him short odds though. Odds Evens.
Gary Bullock (Mutley) 1 race win. Short but not short of confidence he believes he can win this but very unlikely always an excuse and never his fault, will be an unpopular winner if he does. Odds 5/1
Tom Knight (TomK) 0 race wins. Always top 5 but feel this won’t be enough come Saturday night. At 17 I’m sure he has other things on his mind. Try to focus Tom for just 30 minutes and you will never know. Odds 5/1
Sammy Isaac Johnson (Sammyblueij) Full time professional sailor started the series well but has gone off the boil. Too many penalties on the race course due to pushing the rules as normal. Outside chance though Odds 11/2
Whilst we are not in a position to sail due to lockdown the RYA have released dates for these.
It is intended for newbies, club racers, experienced helms and those of you who suffer from rule blindness of all kinds.
The first one is on the 29th (Wednesday) at 8:00pm and will be weekly. This is a free course and details can be found on the RYA website or by just clicking HERE.
As no doubt you are aware we are still in lockdown, both as a nation and as a club. But the club has still been operating, anyway in the virtual world.
The Bar opens on a Wednesday evening at 7:00pm via Zoom. If you have never tried it, try log in on using this link, but don't forget to bring your own drink!
While we are not able to get on the water we are still tying to operate normally, well almost.
Instead of going to the bar for a drink how about bringing the bar to your home. Pour yourself your favourite drink, log on via Zoom ( https://zoom.us/j/6089191548?pwd=a1JvQ0V6OHdvSVIzUmE2NU1WVUxKdz09 )and have a chat. The bar will be open from 7:00pm till 7:40. May we suggest that if you have not used Zoom, try a little earlier to get set up and see what it is all about.
To try VR sailing click here . You will need to login and get set up so try early and have a play first...….